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Photomontage (World of Art)

Dawn Ades


A new edition of Dawn Ades's classic book


Manipulation of the photograph is as old as photography itself. It has embodied and enlivened political propaganda, satire, publicity and commercial art, and created evocations of the ‘brave new world’ of the future through surreal and fantastic visions. Photomontages were made by, among others, the Dadaists, John Heartfield, El Lissitzky, Hannah Hoch and Alexander Rodchenko, and many of their works were reproduced for the first time in print when this groundbreaking study was originally published.

Revered by academics, critics and readers alike, this new edition is still the only definitive guide to the subject.

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'A valuable service to art and artistic theory, and to history and social studies as well'
The Times Literary Supplement

'An excellent run-down of this most opportunist of twentieth-century art forms'

'Beautifully lucid and precise … packed with information and insight'
Time Out

'An interesting look at an unusual topic'
Amateur Photographer

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Third edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 232 pp

Illustrations: 225

Publication date: 16 September 2021

ISBN: 9780500204672

About the Author

Dawn Ades is Professor Emerita of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex. She has written extensively on Dada, Surrealism, photography and women artists, among other things. Publications include Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (1978), Photomontage (1976), Dalí (1995), Writings on Art and Anti-Art (2015) and Marcel Duchamp (with Neil Cox and David Hopkins, 2021). Among the exhibitions she has organised or co-organised are ‘Art in Latin America’ (1989); ‘Fetishism: Visualising Power and Desire’ (1995); ‘Salvador Dalí: The Centenary Retrospective’ (2004); ‘Undercover Surrealism’ (2006); and ‘Dalí/Duchamp’ (2017–18).